One Direction star Louis Tomlinson played for the last 25 minutes as Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United second strings played out a goalless stalemate last night.
Tomlinson had been expected to start but instead had to settle for a late cameo role as a replacement for defender Jordan Binns.
The pop star’s appearance brought to life a 5,000-plus crowd, but failed to change the course of an evenly fought Final Third Development League contest in which both sides left their shooting boots at home.
Harry Middleton’s first-half free kick was smartly tipped over the bar by Rotherham keeper Scott Shearer, before winger Billy Whitehouse cut inside and saw his curling effort pawed away by Shearer.
At the other end United’s Tom Hitchcock had en effort blocked, while Michael O’Connor lashed a half-volley over and then curled a free kick just wide.
The best chances continued to fall for Rotherham as Hitchcock’s low effort came back off the post, and then the same player headed over when it seemed easier to score.
Rovers came within inches of taking the lead moments upon the restart when Chris Whincop let fly from distance only to see his effort cannon back off the bar.
With the game in danger of petering out, Tomlinson entered the fray just after hour as a replacement for Binns, although the substitute’s first touch was a slack one, allowing Daniel Rowe space to maraud forward but shoot wide.
Peterson tested Shearer’s handling from distance but the score remained blank.